Optrex blue plastic eye bath, boxed

Catalogue Number: 2932
Optrex blue plastic eye bath, boxed
Category: Equipment
Sub-Category: Eye baths, bottles, jars
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c1970
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: England
Description Of Item: Blue moulded plastic eye bath of simple bowl shape, in original cardboard box. Base of eye bath marked 'OPTREX/2/ REGD DESIGN /No 769870'. Box headed 'OPTREX EYE BATH/ IMPROVED AND EXCLUSIVE DESIGN'. Eye bath:48mmW x 34mmH x 32mmD. Box: 54mm x 37mm x 37mm.
Historical Significance: The Optraex/Optrex trademark was first registered in France & England in 1931. English eye baths were made by United Glass in St Helens, Lancashire until about 1965 when they were replaced with plastic. The eye baths were made to fit, inverted, over the top of Optrex eye wash bottles. Ref: Eye Baths, George Sturrock, 2012, Millstream Books, Cat No 2246
How Acquired: Donated by Pamela R Sutton
Date Acquired: July 2016
Condition: Eye bath: very good, box: fair
Location: Archive Office. Spectacles cabinet Drawer 18

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